Revolution Ride is a volunteer-powered, fundraising event that unites recreational, intermediate and avid cyclists who want to challenge themselves to do more in support of people and families living with ALS today and in honour of those we have loved and lost.

The ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) developed Revolution Ride to inspire and spark action: to increase awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), to expand our community and to raise funds to ensure sustainable investments in community-based support services for people and families living with ALS in Ontario, provincial and federal advocacy initiatives and in the most promising ALS research in Canada.

This premier cycling event takes place Sunday, September 26, 2021 in picturesque Dundas, Ontario. The roads surrounding the area offer a landscape that will take riders along challenging routes, steeped in excitement and beauty, leaving participants with a sense of accomplishment and the reward of seeing their fundraising efforts go to help families affected by ALS.

Not only will you feel great about the kilometers you log but the start and finish lines are located at the escarpment-side brewery, in the heart of Dundas, at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. The day promises kick-off festivities and a post-ride party where all are welcome to celebrate our collective accomplishments.

In addition to the in-person ride, the Revolution Ride also offers the option for you to complete the ride virtually from the location of your choice.

There are two cycling routes to choose from: 40km and 90km. Both routes start and finish at the Dundas’ own Shawn & Ed Brewing Co., and include an opportunity to climb to the top of Wilson Avenue; a local favourite climb if you’re up for it!

We are also offering a virtual registration option for those who are unable to attend the in-person event, but are still up for the challenge! Select virtual upon registration and complete your route from wherever you’d like.

Yes, you can select your route at registration, and you will have a chance to confirm your route distance in early September. We understand that things can change during that time!

Absolutely! Head over to our training page and to access a customized training program for Revolution Riders, to help get you ride-ready. You can also join our Revolution Ride Strava Club and train with other participants on here!

The Revolution Ride is not recommended for new cyclists, but with proper training, it can be the perfect premier challenge for you. This event is not recommended for children.

The inaugural event will welcome up to 100 cyclists on September 26, 2021.

A Revolutionary means committing to raising over $1,500. When you reach this fundraising milestone, you will earn special perks, including a custom cycling jersey and socks, as well as recognition en route, and more!

The minimum fundraising requirement is $500 per person or register as a Revolutionary and unlock special rewards at the VIP level when you raise $1,500 or more. Your fundraising dollars contribute to community-based support services for people and families living with ALS in Ontario, as well as investment in ALS research, while the registration fee helps to cover event-related costs. If you are unable to fundraise the minimum requirement, you will have the option to pay the difference or deactivate your registration.

Yes, we do! If you register as a Revolutionary and commit to fundraising over $1,500, you will earn special perks, including a custom cycling jersey and socks, as well as recognition en route, and more!

Our partnerships are critical in supporting the launch of this event as we rely on cash contributions to help offset costs, in-kind donations of products, as well as services and expertise to ensure a safe, smooth and fun event. Below are the different ways to contribute, with varying investment and recognition:

  • Become a partner through a financial contribution
  • Corporate match program
  • Donate products, services or expertise
  • Register a corporate team

Contact us directly at revolutionride@als.ca to inquire about opportunities that will work for you.

Partnering with ALS Canada is an opportunity to align your brand with a meaningful cause and offer hope for a future without ALS. The support of generous partners accelerates progress in ALS research, while helping the 1,000+ individuals and families living with ALS in Ontario who rely on our services.

When you become a Revolution Ride partner, your reach will extend to a connected group of employed professionals (35-49 years) with a high household income. They will connect the dots between your brand and a cause they care deeply about. Reaching all genders, this event will primarily cater to recreational but aspirational cyclists, with hardcore cyclists as a secondary demographic.

While online registration is required to participate in the event (www.revolutionride.ca), ALS Canada Revolution Ride has an official Facebook event, too! You can join to receive updates and information. You can tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @ALSCanada and our event hashtag #RevolutionRide.

If you intend to take part in Revolution Ride with family, friends, or coworkers, we suggest creating a team.

If someone you know has already created a team, when you go to register as an individual simply click register as "Part of a Team” and search for the team name in the box provided.

If you intend to take part in Revolution Ride on your own and do not wish to have a team page, you can register as an individual.

Step 1:

Step 2:

  • Select your registration type (Standard Registration or Revolutionary Registration) and build your profile.
  • Please note, you also have the option of choosing a virtual Standard Registration or virtual Revolutionary Registration
    • Standard Registration: Pay a registration fee with a goal of raising $500 minimum
    • Revolutionary Registration: A retro-active registration fee of $60 will be required for those who do not raise $1,500 by event day. Joining as a Revolutionary means you will earn special perks, including a custom cycling jersey and socks, as well as recognition en route, and more!
    • If you choose virtual Revolutionary Registration, we will mail your special perks to you since you will not be in-person to pick them up!
  • Note: If you are creating a new team, you will still need to select "Register As: Individual or Revolutionary” option and complete your registration as an individual first!

Step 3:

  • Click on "Submit”
  • Congratulations! You have created your team!

Step 1:

Step 2:

  • Select your registration type (Standard Registration or Revolutionary Registration) and build your profile.
    • Standard Registration: Pay a registration fee with a goal of raising $500 minimum
    • Revolutionary Registration: A retro-active registration fee of $60 will be required for those who do not raise a minimum of $1,500 by event day. Joining as a Revolutionary you will earn special perks, including a custom cycling jersey and socks as well as recognition on-route, and more!

Step 3:

  • On your personal account page, you will see "Team Rank: Assign me to a team”.
  • Click this option.

Step 4:

  • On the right you can then choose to join a team which has already been created, or in the second row, add in your new team name you would like and click submit.

Log into your account in the top right and click on "Edit Profile Info.” A window will open where you will have the option to reset your password here. You can also update your name, fundraising goal and social media consent.

Online registration is fast, easy and unlocks lots of tools and resources to support your fundraising and training efforts leading up to Revolution Ride. You can register at https://www.revolutionride.ca/participant-registration

By registering and fundraising online, you will be able to easily send emails to your network through your personal fundraising page and invite individuals to join your team! Your fundraising page will also allow you to see progress you’re making towards your goal.

Register or sign into your personal fundraising page. After signing in, you can customize text on your fundraising page by editing the section on the right titled "Your Profile Message.” Click "Edit” beside this title and be sure to click "Submit” after updates have been made

Team Captains, you can update your team's public page by clicking on "Edit My Team” on the right-hand menu above the Profile Message section. Click this to update your team page text, team name or team photo from there.

After signing in, click on "Email My Friends” on the right-hand side of your personal fundraising page. You can edit and customize the default wording and make it your own. Then, you can enter email addresses in the box provided above of the people you want to reach out to, making sure to separate emails with a comma in between.

After signing in, click on the "Send Thank You” on the right-hand side of your personal fundraising page.

 

  • Personal Goal – Sign in to your personal fundraising page and click on the "Edit My Profile” button. Change your "Goal” to the amount you wish to raise and click "Submit”.

  • Team Goal – Sign in to your personal fundraising page and click on the "Edit My Team” button. Change your "Goal” to the amount you wish to raise and click "Submit”.

 

If your family and friends are not able to donate this year, they can still support you and the ALS Canada Revolution Ride by spreading the word. You can suggest they follow @ALSCanada on Instagram, share posts to their own network, and even join the Revolution Ride Facebook event.

  • Step 1:
    • Log in to your page and click on the "Donate to Self” option, under Fundraising tools
  • Step 2: Follow these steps:
    1. Select donation amount
    2. Add your donor’s information. Donor full name and address are required for issuing tax receipts.
    3. Add payment information and donate with your credit card

It is on its way! Please be sure to check your inbox as well as promotions or junk folder, sometimes it might be a few hours after your donation is completed. If you don’t receive the receipt within 24 hours, please contact us at revolutionride@als.ca

When you donate online, a tax receipt is automatically issued via email to the email address provided. Please be sure to check your junk or promotions folder, and if you don’t receive the receipt within 24 hours or need a duplicate or corrected tax receipt, contact us at revolutionride@als.ca

  • Step 1: To donate to a participant or team, visit
    https://www.revolutionride.ca/donation/donate
  • Step 2:Select between Individual, Team or General donation button.
  • Step 3: Search for the Individual or Team name. Once you find the Individual/Team you are looking for, click on their page and you will be directed to follow the steps to complete the transaction.

Yes, you can visit https://www.revolutionride.ca/donation/donate, and select "General” to make a donation to the event. You will receive a tax receipt automatically by email to the email address provided during the donation process. Please be sure to check your junk or promotions folder, and if you don’t receive the receipt within 24 hours or need a duplicate or corrected tax receipt, contact us at revolutionride@als.ca

If you can’t pick just one team member to donate to, you can donate to a Revolution Ride team. All individual donations will be reflected in a team’s total.

Absolutely! During the donation process, be sure to check the box in Step 2 of the Donation Steps, at the bottom of the page. Select either, "Make this donation an anonymous donation” or "Make this donation on behalf of company/organization”.

Absolutely! On Step 3 of the Donation Steps, you can add in a message under "Comments.” Please note, this will be visible to the public on the Revolution Ride website once submitted.

We offer a variety of opportunities and levels for sponsors to participate at. Please contact our fundraising and sponsorship team at fundraising@revolutionride.ca to learn more about our partnership opportunities.

As we launch the inaugural Revolution Ride, we are looking for passionate people to join our crew and help bring the event to life. Consider donating your time and talents to support Revolution Ride!

There will be a variety of volunteer opportunities available for event day. We will have a form for individuals to fill out on the Revolution Ride website in Spring 2021. In the meantime, to connect with our Manager, Human Resources and Volunteer Services with specific questions, please email volunteer@als.ca.

ALS Canada will follow guidelines set out by local health authorities concerning COVID-19 and in-person gatherings.

  • The nature of cycling as an independent sport reduces the risk of close contact
  • Staggered start times provide the opportunity for a phased start line to maintain smaller groups of people in one place at the same time
  • The event has a maximum capacity of 100 participants, and online registration is required; this will help enforce physical distancing and contact tracing, if required
  • We have planned out strict schedules to prevent crossover in the staggered start times and will make sure the event capacity stays under 50 riders at a time; this also takes into consideration event staff and volunteers.
  • Post-event meals will be handed out as a takeaway, with the option for participants to stay and enjoy during their allotted time outside in designated areas, or they can choose to take their food home with them.
  • We are contingency planning for a virtual event, should the COVID-19 situation change and in-person event restrictions get tighter

Your safety is our highest priority. ALS Canada is developing a comprehensive plan to ensure that all participants, staff, and volunteers stay safe during the event and have the best experience at Revolution Ride. All measures will be informed by the guidelines set out by Health Canada, Public Health Ontario and the local Municipal Health Authority. We will be reviewing these guidelines on an ongoing basis to ensure the highest standard of safety.

To protect you during the event:

  • All staff and volunteers will attend mandatory health and safety training
  • All participants will complete COVID-19 screening before entering the event area
  • Hand sanitation stations will be placed strategically throughout event areas
  • Staggered start times/lines will be in place to ensure physical distancing is possible
  • Face coverings/masks will be required as per the bylaw in areas where physical distancing is cannot be maintained (e.g. washrooms, registration)
  • Line management
  • Clear COVID-19 protocol signage

Revolution Ride will be a cashless event! To reduce contact and for our participants’ safety, we will not be accepting cash or providing change during the event. We will have Moneris machines available to accept credit/debit purchases.

The Revolution Ride will take place, rain or shine! Please be sure to dress for the weather.

Yes, helmets are mandatory for the safety for all participants. Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of injury if you fall or collide.

Founded in 1977, the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through community-based support services in Ontario, advocacy initiatives and investment in research for a future without ALS. We are a registered charity that receives no government funding – all of our services and research are funded through the generosity of our donors.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe.

As a registered charity that receives no government funding, all of ALS Canada’s community-based support services in Ontario, advocacy efforts and research are funded entirely through the generosity and efforts of people like you – our donors.

How do your donor dollars make a difference? Here are some examples of your dollars at work:

  • ALS Research The first gene known to play a role in ALS was identified over 25 years ago. Research discovery since then has accelerated greatly, to the point that there has been more progress in the last five years than ever before. At its most complex, ALS research is a quest to understand the biological causes and progression of the disease in order to develop therapies that will make it treatable. But at its simplest, ALS research represents hope.
    Your donations are giving hope to people affected by ALS by funding peer-reviewed research grants exploring new areas of research where we are well-positioned to have an impact. It also strengthens Canada’s ALS research community by fostering collaboration among scientists and building capacity for more scientific discovery.
  • Community-based support services in Ontario
    For a family newly diagnosed with ALS in Ontario, an ALS Canada Regional Manager is often one of the first people they’ll meet. Regional Managers are system navigators who are knowledgeable in nearly everything a family will face while living with ALS and can answer questions, identify resources, advocate for care and provide practical advice. In addition to visiting people in their home, Regional Managers offer support groups for people living with ALS as well as their caregivers.
    Over time, someone living with ALS will need different types of equipment as their muscles weaken. For each person, it can be difficult to predict exactly when physical needs might require the shift from a walker to a wheelchair, for example – making it expensive and complicated to quickly access the equipment that is vital to living safely and staying connected to family and friends. That’s where ALS Canada’s equipment program comes in for people living with ALS in Ontario: loaned equipment available for longer time periods than the healthcare system provides, delivered at no cost and fully funded by generous donors like you.
  • Provincial and federal advocacy
    Your support of Revolution Ride gives people affected by ALS a voice with both federal and provincial (Ontario) governments. With the involvement of the ALS community, ALS Canada’s advocacy efforts help decision-makers understand how inefficiencies, inconsistencies and gaps in the healthcare system are leaving people with ALS behind. By highlighting problems and working with government to identify solutions, we can create momentum for meaningful change.
    ALS Canada gives voice to the collective experience of people living with ALS to help drive program and system changes for the ALS community including: - Equitable, timely and affordable access to therapies to treat ALS - Improved home and community care for people living with ALS - Dedicated funding for ALS research and more
    We also engage at the local level with health care providers and agencies to help the people we support access services and other resources that can lessen the burden of living with ALS.
    Thank you for your support. By participating and donating to the Revolution Ride, you are helping us do more for people living with ALS.